31 October 2011

It's Going to be a Bumpy Ride.

Well, it's going to be a crazy week. A crazy month, really, but let's just start with this week, OK?

I have 2 boot-camps scheduled for this week (as I have for the last few months).  Rock Star on Tuesday and Katie's Fit Life on Thursday.  Both bootcamps are a great workout.  On top of that, I have some cardio scheduled for pretty much every day this week.  I want to go for a hike on Saturday, and I have to go for a run one day this week.  Probably tonight.

As if that weren't enough, this is my first week of strict Paleo.  So far (and it's only been 1 full day) I've noticed that I'm definitely feeling fuller after meals.  I am still having snacks, but they're keeping me fuller longer, too.  I'm adding protein to them, and that's helping.

For breakfast this morning I had 2 scrambled eggs with onion, 2 Tb salsa, a banana and 1/2 a Bison burger.  Oh yeah, I made Bison Burger's yesterday.  That was my big surprise for my boyfriend, who wanted to try Bison burgers at a restaurant but found them too expensive.  He really liked them and so did I!  And after reading Runner's World later that day, it turns out that Bison is the perfect post-workout meal. Who'da thunk?

I also made crock-pot pork loin with cauliflower and zucchini yesterday.  I got up early, pre-hike, and set up the crock pot.  It turned out REALLY good.  I've never had pork that I've liked before, because it's always been too dry for me, but this... oh man.  This was amazing.  I'm really rather impressed with myself.  And now I have pork loin for weeks.  I froze a bunch of it and I have a bunch in the fridge for this week.

To top it all off, this week Nanowrimo starts.  Yeah. So on top of a strict eating regime, and a dedicated fitness regime, I add a crazy, balls-to-the-walls writing routine.

But it's all good - I'm feeling great and I'm excited!  The ride may be bumpy, but it will be so worth it.

Happy Halloween!

30 October 2011

Sunday Stat Day & November Goals + Progress Pics

Well, shoot.
At one point, I was down to 194, but this morning when I weighed in I was feeling bloated and gross and sure enough, the scale said 196. [insert sad face here]

My measurements haven't changed, and since my last weigh in my weight changed, but went back up due to bloat, so essentially my weight hasn't changed either.

196 pounds
waist: 36
hips: 46
calf: 15
upper arm: 13
bust: 38
thighs: 22

total lost so far: 1.2 pounds
pounds to goal: 56

my monthly progress photo - no change from last time.

November Goals
lose 7 pounds
eat strict Paleo
don't skip workouts due to Nano

I suppose I should also add in there that I want to do more cardio, but 3 goals is about my limit.

This morning's hike was good. 4.5 miles and over 11,000 steps by 8.30 am.  Even though I technically haven't lost and I technically haven't had any change - I feel like my body has changed a little.  Not a lot, but a little.  I notice it in little ways.  So I'm hoping that I'll have a big change this month.  Especially with Paleo.

Gotta admit, it's only day 1 but so far I'm loving Paleo.  I've been slowly incorporating Paleo into my lifestyle over the last week, and as of today I am 100% paleo.  For lunch I had a bison burger (protein style - wrapped in a Bib lettuce leaf) and 1.25 cup of strawberries. Breakfast was 2 hard boiled eggs, a banana and 4 pieces of turkey bacon.  For dinner I'll have pork loin and cauliflower and zucchini, all of which are in my crock pot right now.

Seriously, I'm going to have pork loin for a month. lol

Anyway, I'm disappointed in my progress so far, but I just have to work that much harder.

29 October 2011

Bountiful Basket & Pork Loin

So this morning I picked up my Bountiful Basket. WOAH. It had a ton of stuff in it that I wasn't expecting.  I was thinking I'd get a bunch of squash and cucumber and stuff.  Nope!  I got:
  • Bib lettuce (1 bunch)
  • cabbage (1 head)
  • celery (1 bunch)
  • tomatoes (2)
  • English cucumber (2)
  • strawberries (1 container)
  • kiwi (12)
  • pomegranate (3)
  • avocado (3)
  • apples like crazy (seriously, like 15)
  • black grapes (2 big bags -- think raisins but pre-shriveled form)
  • probably a few things I'm forgetting...
I also went to the store today and purchased a bunch of stuff for my Paleo challenge next month.  I got:
  • Dandelion greens
  • oranges
  • lemons
  • limes
  • grapefruit
  • lettuce
  • asparagus
  • red,yellow and green bell peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Caulinflower
  • Broccoli
  • Eggs
  • pork loin (!)
  • ground beef (lean)
  • A special meaty treat for my boyfriend that I won't name because he reads this
  • chicken breast
  • turkey bacon
  • deli turkey and deli chicken
  • probably a few things I'm forgetting...
Basically a crap-ton-o-stuff.  I had to ask for help when I bought the pork loin - I had NO IDEA what it looked like or where to find it. A really nice guy from the meat department helped me.  At first he seemed irritated - how could I not know where to find pork loin?! - until I sheepishly admitted to him that I'd never purchased pork loin before.  Then he seemed to think it was cute and not annoying.  I'm just a silly blonde girl with pigtails in a Darth Vadar shirt who wants some pork loin, please and thank you. Nevermind cooking it, I just need to buy it.  I'll cook it with the force.

I also spent my morning juicing said lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit. I love my new juicer! Plus I had these really killer bottles that I saved from some grapefruit fizzy soda thing a while back. I knew they'd come in handy! Oh, my new steamer is fantastic, too, btw. I used it last night to steam broccoli. YUMMO!

the spoils of my juicing labor - lemon, lime grapefruit & orange.

I took a nap this afternoon and woke up really tired, so I made some french-press coffee.  It's my first cup of "Paleo" coffee. I used organic agave nectar to sweeten it (which I use instead of sugar anyway) and for creamer I used coconut milk.  Whodda thunk, right? it's actually really good.  Some crazy people on the sparkpeople website Paleo group are suggesting adding bacon fat and maple syrup to my coffee for maple-bacon coffee but... man... I just can't do it! I don't like bacon that much! and I absolutely loath the combo of bacon + maple.

I have some chicken marinating in sage, apple cider and grapefruit juice which I'll cook tonight and serve up with some steamed broccoli, and I'll probably go for a walk, too.  Tomorrow morning I'm going hiking with the BF so it should be a super burn kinda day!

Oh, and tomorrow is also weigh-in day, monthly measurement day, new program start day, goal setting day and monthly progress photo day. WOAH Big blog post tomorrow, and progress pics. eep.

28 October 2011

Note To Self: Less is More & Pilates = Death!

So yesterday I went to Katie's Fit Life Boot camp and HOLY MOTHER OF PANCAKES!  She did her Yoga & Pilates night which I guess she does once a month but hasn't done in like 3 and MAN it was so hard!  Within 5 minutes my calves, thighs, knees and butt were all burning.  BURNING.  I'm not talking a little tiny bit of prickly pain. I mean they were on FIRE.  By the time we got to the ab portion, I was so spent.  My abs, I have discovered, have been sorely ignored, and I found this section the most challenging as I was having trouble remembering to breathe because my abs hurt so bad!

But I just have to remember:

It will all be worth it.  I checked the scale this morning, tho, and so far I haven't lost any weight.  I was at 194 and now I'm back up to 196.  I know weight fluctuates every single day and I'm not freaking out about it.  I need to do more cardio, is what I need to do. I've been ignoring it, which isn't cool.  I think one of my November Goals will be to run at least once a week and hike at least once a week.

So I mentioned this whole Paleo thing, I think, right?  Well, I've been slowly starting to switch over this week, incorporating more proteins and veggie's and less dairy and processed carbs and grains.  I love cheese, so this will be tough, but not THAT tough.  Not impossible.  I've joined a few Paleo message boards and it turns out Coconut milk is a good substitute for cream in your coffee, and I LOVE coconut milk so that won't be a problem.  I pretty much love coconut period. Even coconut oil

Have you ever purchased coconut oil?  It looks like this (in case you're wondering):
It's AMAZING! The serving size is 1 Tablespoon but HOLY CRAP, that's a lot.  I thought to myself, "self, 1 T is way too much. Just use 1 teaspoon, that's probably not going to be enough but you can just try it and see."  So I put 1 teaspoon on the pan and it didn't seem like much, but then it melted. 1 tsp is WAY too much.  Next time I'll use half or a quarter of a teaspoon!  It was really good, though.  It had a nice, mild flavor and didn't feel greasy like EVOO does when I cook with it.  Plus it doesn't need to be refrigerated after opening. BONUS.

Also, I purchased a juicer from Amazong. THIS ONE.  ITS AMAZING! I know, I'm using a lot of caps and exclamation marks today, but I'm excited! I juiced a few oranges and a grapefruit last night and it's so much fun!  It's a great juicer! I love it!

Anyway, tonight I'm going to run a few errands and go for a walk, tomorrow I'll pick up my basket very early and hit the grocery stores and gas station.  I'll finish cleaning out my fridge and cook a bunch of stuff.  Sunday I'm going for a killer hike with my BF and making Crock Pot Pork Loin!